Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 24:
In a bid to attract more commuters to use city buses plying in the Odisha capital for their commuting needs the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to construct additional 100 more bus shelters.
These bus shelters will be located at vantage points from where commuters will be able to board and alight from city buses comfortably in large numbers. Bhubaneswar-Puri Transport Corporation Limited (BPTCL) will be identifying these spots very soon, said sources in BMC.
According to BMC deputy commissioner Subhranshu Mishra presently the capital city has 98 bus shelters. Most of the existing bus shelters are put up at such points wherefrom no commuters are boarding the city buses and some are in a dilapidated state. Therefore the proposed 100 bus shelters will be constructed at such locations from where commuters will be able to board city buses comfortably to travel to their destinations, he said.
Since existing bus shelters in the capital are operated under the PPP mode their construction and maintenance are done by private parties, bus shelters have been constructed at spots identified by them from where their billboards will attract the maximum eyeballs. Some bus shelters have been erected very much close to busy crossings where buses are unable to park for more time.
Moreover, in bus shelters where advertisers are not interested to put up billboards, the private party is not maintaining the shelter properly causing inconvenience to commuters.
The new bus shelters will be constructed keeping all these facts in mind. BPTCL will conduct a survey for identifying spots where buses can halt for more time so that more commuters can board them. Construction of these new bus shelters will be undertaken after that. Moreover, during identification of spots for these bus shelters it will be also taken into account that these prove beneficial for Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in the future.
This time too construction and maintenance of bus shelters will be undertaken by private parties with certain conditions imposed on them, the difference this time they will be required to construct bus shelters in spots allocated to them by the BMC, said Mishra.